On April 28, 1945, nearly 2,000 concentration camp survivors arrived by boat in the harbor of Malmö, Sweden. It was the prisoners’ first taste of freedom, and their expressions of relief and anxiety were caught on camera and then kept in an archive. 70 years later, filmmaker Magnus Gertten has tried to track down the identities of the people in this footage. He travels around the world, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, to meet several of the survivors, who watch the film and try to recall their experiences on this life-changing day. Every Face Has a Name is an endlessly compelling glimpse into the past that will be hard to forget, a deeply moving film, surprising and even revelatory, given the migrant crisis in today’s Europe.

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Terry McComas


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Festivals and Awards

  • Political Film Award – Hamburg Film Festival
Church of Sweden Award – Goteborg Film Festival

Screening Details

Film Info

DirectorMagnus Gertten
Runtime 76 min
LanguageEnglish, Swedish, Polish, Norwegian w/ English subtitles